Vegan Worcestershire Sauce Recipe ~ No Need to Buy in Stores!

You can find brands of vegan Worcestershire sauce in some stores. However, it’s simple to make your own with this recipe. The sauce lasts about a month in the fridge. Best of all, it takes just minutes to prep. 

Worcestershire sauce is a wonderful addition to many dishes. Use it when you want a rich umami kick. It is traditionally made with fermented garlic and onion, vinegar, spices, molasses, citrus, and anchovies. It’s the anchovies that make it non-vegan, but also part of what gives it that unique flavor.

So, how do you get the same flavor experience in vegan form?

This vegan Worcestershire sauce is vegan, homemade (so you know exactly what goes into it) and tastes as good, or even better than, the original version. 

Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Here’s how to make this fermented condiment at home. Use these steps below to make Worcestershire sauce vegan. Many of the ingredients are pantry staples, and once you buy them, they last a fairly long time. The only planning I have to do is for the orange juice. I just buy an orange and squeeze out the fresh juice. I usually buy oranges anyway, so it’s really easy. 

Prep: 5

Cook Time: 8

Rest Time: 1 week (optional)

Recipe Ingredients 

  • 1 cup raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup soy sauce or aminos
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice – Squeeze an orange to get the juice. Or you can use orange juice. Just be sure to strain the pulp.
  • 1 tbsp brine from capers
  • 2 tsp white or natural sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • Pinch Vietnamese cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cloves

Serves 18 tablespoons

How to Make Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

  1. Over medium-high heat, combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Stir well and bring to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.

  3. Remove from the heat and allow the mixture to cool.

  4. Pour the vegan Worcestershire sauce into a glass jar. If you want just thin sauce, strain it through cheesecloth as you pour.

  5. Cover securely with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate.

  6. Let it sit for about a week to allow the flavors to blend and meld. You can use it in the meantime, as it sits.

I store it in small mason jars. When I serve it, I pour it into a small glass condiment bottle. I found mine online. It was advertised as a soy sauce bottle and dispenser. 

Is Worcestershire Sauce Vegan?

Anchovies make Worcestershire sauce not vegan. Omitting them is easy with this recipe. You’ll still enjoy satisfying savory and spicy flavors and taste.  

Worcester Sauce Substitute

Condiments liven up foods. It’s great when you can make your own. This Worcestershire sauce is easy to make at home. The vinegar and molasses give it the traditional flavor.

You can use it just as you would non-vegan versions. It’s a versatile Worcester sauce substitute. It’s a delicious addition to Caesar salad and marinades. You can add it to sauces, stews and casseroles as well. Drizzle it on roasted brussels sprouts and carrots and on cauliflower rice

Once you start making foods from scratch, you’ll find it’s easy to make condiments and dressings too. 

If you make this vegan Worcestershire sauce recipe, please leave a note in the Comments how you liked it. What foods do you serve it with?

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Vegan Worcestershire Sauce

Making vegan Worcestershire sauce is easy. Save yourself the trouble of looking for a vegan brand and use this recipe instead.
Course Condiment
Cuisine English
Keyword vegan Worcestershire recipe, vegan Worcestershire sauce, vegan Worcestershire sauce recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Rest Time (optional) 7 days
Servings 18 tablespoons

Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup molasses
  • ½ cup soy sauce or aminos
  • 3 tbsp fresh orange juice – strain off the pulp
  • 1 tbsp brine from capers
  • 2 tsp white or natural sugar
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp curry powder
  • ½ tsp white pepper
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • pinch cinnamon
  • pinch ground cloves

Instructions

  • Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan. Set stovetop to medium-high heat. Stir well as it comes to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let the sauce mixture cool.
  • Pour the vegan Worcestershire sauce into a glass jar. If you want smooth liquid, strain it through a cheesecloth.
  • Cover with a tight lid. Refrigerate. Let it sit for up to 7 days for ingredients to meld to enhance flavors. You can use it in the meantime.

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